This show has been commercially released as Rocking The Cradle
Set One: d1t01 - Introduction d1t02 - Hamza el Din set d1t03 - Ollin Arrageed -> d1t04 - Promised Land d1t05 - Friend Of The Devil d1t06 - Mama Tried -> d1t07 - Big River d1t08 - Loser d1t09 - I Need A Miracle d1t10 - Stagger Lee
Set Two: d2t01 - Jack Straw d2t02 - Ship Of Fools d2t03 - Estimated Prophet -> d2t04 - Eyes Of The World -> d2t05 - Drums -> d3t01 - Space -> d3t02 - Terrapin Station -> d3t03 - Sugar Magnolia
The ultimate you-had-to-be-there run; though the last show (16th) ain't bad, and since this one has one of the trainwrecky-est sets ever, if you are just checking out the shows start over there. If you're checking out summer '78, go with either pair from Red Rocks.
First Set. Hamza El Din opens again, with the Dead coming onstage and backing him before taking over with Promised Land, which trainwrecks on confusion and monitor problems. (Shortcut hint: the rest of the set is a trainwreck too - if not the worst ever, what set is?) The SBDs are missing the vox for the very flat & flubby Friend of the Devil, so use the matrix. The light-footed shuffle of Big River is the only normal run-through. This is the single worst Loser of the 70s. I Need a Miracle is the 3rd one, testing lyrics "let me to the marrow at a midnight rendezvous". They ace it the next night. Stagger Lee is a completely lifeless version - so WTF is it a bonus on Shakedown when there were a dozen better tracks from the month? It's also on Cradle. One big struggle, this is as one-star as the Dead got. Thankfully the set's only 7 songs/45min before they bail.
Second Set. Jack Straw is already much better, albeit still not tight (where's the beat?), but Ship of Fools trainwrecks. Ouch. Even the solo is stilted. Then, in classic Dead style there's a turnaround and, finally, a show starts! Estimated is punchy and Jer adds chiming arpeggios to a great Eyes. Drums>Space has an interesting Egyptian angle. Jer loses the thread again on Terrapin and it stutters repeatedly, but Sugar Magnolia is the second-most-together part of the show (still, pretty loose with the beat). They bail on the encore.
1st Set: F 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 1½ (one star show plus ½ for highlight sequence)
Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World - also the best tracks on the official release
14th = D
15th = D
16th = C
SOURCES: The best SBD is the miller.87782. It's a patched version of the miller.21781. However it runs slow and needs a pitch correction of +2% until Big River. From there it needs +1%. All of the SBDs have pitch errors, making the show seem even more draggy. Rocking the Cradle has six of the tracks but also runs a tad slow, needing +1%. Stagger Lee is a bonus track on Shakedown Street.